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New challenge, refreshed plan.  I'm going to use a few challenges to bring certain favorite character's traits  and skills to my life.  

 

This round is Morticia.  That means this round will 1-involve family/relationship strengthening, 2- language studies will be primarily French with enough German so I don't backslide too much, 3- bring knitting to full level 1-currently might be 1/2 level, 4- sunscreen and hat, 6- home cooked meals with creative flavor, 7- and maybe the biggest for me, good posture from internal strength of self and confidence (fake it 'til you make it.)  

 

I have a lakeside camp vacation this month, so that will be radio silence or maybe static, but plenty of time to devote to crafty and wellness things.

 

Life upgrade:

relationships- listen and have patience with true effort and devoted attention, minimal distractions.

 

Creative and mind-stretching:

knitting practice daily, about 10 minutes.  Success is able to "read" the work, identify knit/purl

languages daily French, eod German

 

Wellness quest:

Sun protection regularly- full success is no burns, partial is pink without pain-  naturally pale and pasty plus New England added difficulty rating.

food:  rediscover flavorful and easy cooking, veggie heavy preferably.  Incorporate more non-meat protein.  Sensible alcohol intake (do I really want it, or is it a long day habit).  Dining out is reserved for "really want," not laziness.

Exercise:  LBD (low black dog)  has cardio covered,  Strength- reduce amount to allow shoulder healing without too much loss.  

 

Full Morticia:

Upright bearing self checks regularly.  Maintain coolness under pressure, should it arise.  Love and accept all my quirks and of those I love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, Diadhuit said:

What are you knrtting?

The first goal is a small square.  And then a different square.  And then a more differenter square :highly_amused:.  And then, take over the world!  Wait, maybe a scarf.  I just want my fingers to be able to do it.

 

And apparently this month is also an exercise in patience.  I finished a crochet afghan that I'm making for a surprise!  And it wasn't so much square as a trapezoid.:nightmare:  My tension changed so much I lost more then 10 inches from first row to last.  I know hand-made is always slightly imperfect, but this was mortifying, even if the recipient is a 9yo girl.  So, I raged for a bit, 'cause 35 hours is a lot of work, looked at what happened, figured out my duh, and pulled it apart to restart.   

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The first goal is a small square.  And then a different square.  And then a more differenter square :highly_amused:.  And then, take over the world!  Wait, maybe a scarf.  I just want my fingers to be able to do it.
 
And apparently this month is also an exercise in patience.  I finished a crochet afghan that I'm making for a surprise!  And it wasn't so much square as a trapezoid.:nightmare:  My tension changed so much I lost more then 10 inches from first row to last.  I know hand-made is always slightly imperfect, but this was mortifying, even if the recipient is a 9yo girl.  So, I raged for a bit, 'cause 35 hours is a lot of work, looked at what happened, figured out my duh, and pulled it apart to restart.   
Maybe it's not tension... Do you do a slip stitch before starting a new line? If you do normal crochet you need to do that.

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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@Diadhuit  I was doing two color and the issue was actually that I was too taut on the carried color.  Previously I had to work on the height of the double crochet for gauging, as my swatch too short but proper width.  Every project shows something new to be aware of.

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[mention=63447]Diadhuit[/mention]  I was doing two color and the issue was actually that I was too taut on the carried color.  Previously I had to work on the height of the double crochet for gauging, as my swatch too short but proper width.  Every project shows something new to be aware of.


Ah, yeah, been there done that [emoji5]
I rarely do gauges, as I will try forcing a tension that is not mine. I usually fix it going along (my group is always shocked when I follow a pattern, they say I'm 'taking inspiration', not following [emoji28])
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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Love your challenges and your knitting. I have two projects that i started about 10 years ago and haven’t finished. One is making squares just to use up yarn remnants and eventually make a blanket or something with them, the other is either a wrap, throw, or blanket depending on how big it is when i eventually get done. Both are using an afgan hook bc between the beginnings of carpal tunnel and entrenched arthritis I can crochet/knit maybe 3 stitches then can’t move my hands. at least with the afgan hook I’ve found that I can do 2 or 3 lines before having to take a break. I guess its the ay I hold my hands or something.

good luck on your squares and reshaping your trapezoid :)


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Whether you decide you can or you decide you can’t, you’re right.

In a world of princesses, dare to be Batman.

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So, not having a sunburn didn't work out entirely.  But it was a hard spot to reach on my own, and I didn't have a sunscreen buddy.  Ultimately I wouldn't have thought anything of it but it is specifically part of my challenge.  Oh well.  The rest is going pretty well, even *gasp* relationship communication in the midst of hot, sticky, gross weather!

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Love your challenges and your knitting. I have two projects that i started about 10 years ago and haven’t finished. One is making squares just to use up yarn remnants and eventually make a blanket or something with them, the other is either a wrap, throw, or blanket depending on how big it is when i eventually get done. Both are using an afgan hook bc between the beginnings of carpal tunnel and entrenched arthritis I can crochet/knit maybe 3 stitches then can’t move my hands. at least with the afgan hook I’ve found that I can do 2 or 3 lines before having to take a break. I guess its the ay I hold my hands or something.

good luck on your squares and reshaping your trapezoid default_smile.png


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Whether you decide you can or you decide you can’t, you’re right.

In a world of princesses, dare to be Batman.
Have you tried extreme crochet/knitting? Since it uses huge hooks it might relief some of the pain?
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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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It starts.  Vacation time!   Plenty of time to  work on crochet and knitting.   Sunscreen challenge increases.   Saw a professional about my shoulder, strength training’s put on hold for a while and rehab and icing are in.  And all the eating will now begin cuz calories are missing on vacation!

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Is it done so soon?  Vacation was great.  We had plenty of time for more dog bonding; I keep forgetting we haven't even had her 2 months yet.  Turns out the poor critter is terrified of boats, but as I don't think she has ever seen one before, it's understandable. Thankfully boat time is very short.  Also, I had no idea so many people loved dogs in life vests.  They were like moths to a candle.  

 

Success!  no sunburn!  That is probably a first for me since the primary activity is sitting on a dock on a lake.  Even with shade a lot of the day, I've usually been glowing at least once.

 

Was able to work on languages, knitting, crochet, reading, and rehab regularly.  

 

Food was decent by which I mean I had fruit and veggies every day.  Maybe not as much as usual.  Also had much bacon and potato chips, which is a success because now I don't want them for a long time. 

 

Came home to a broken water heating that had been leaking for who knows how long.  Ugh.  Can't shower, can't do camp laundry, need to hand wash dishes.  

 

So if anyone has super tasty, easy clean up food suggestions, send 'em my way.   I see grilling happening and not much meal prep happening as I don't want to wash all the containers.

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23 hours ago, bdwilson said:

 

Oh no! I hope it can be repaired or replaced soon :apologetic:

Me too!  The plumber comes tonight to take a look and estimate.  Until then it's like camping but still getting to go to work.  yay?  Positive spin is that at least it isn't winter so luke warm sponging isn't so bad.

 

 Also, I took control of the finances a while ago (my husband is the sort that looks at the account and thinks "look how much I can spend!") so this shouldn't be a back breaker for us.  That feels so pleasantly strange.  

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On 7/23/2019 at 12:24 PM, WildSonja said:

Also, I took control of the finances a while ago (my husband is the sort that looks at the account and thinks "look how much I can spend!") so this shouldn't be a back breaker for us.  That feels so pleasantly strange.  

 

Nice! I mean, not nice that it's required, but nice that there's some space there :)

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